For those who watched tonight's So You Think You Can Dance
, the prevailing thought had to be this: wow, that was really good. The dancing, that is. Everything else (the production, Cat Deeley's off-putting height, Mary Murphy inanity) was more or less the same. The quality of the newly formed couples, however, was better than expected. I was planning on comparing and contrasting my first impressions with tonight's dancers with some of last season's American Idol
contestants. For instance, “so and so is the dancing equivalent of Sanjaya.” This cannot be done, because everyone was so damn good tonight.
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The judges were almost overwhelmingly positive about the routines tonight, and rightfully so. The biggest unanimous complaint from the judges was probably on the final dance, when they all agreed that Shauna's performance in her Broadway dance left a lot to be desired. I didn't notice anything wrong, but I'm no dance expert.
If I had to give a Sanjaya comparison to anyone, it'd have to be Ricky Palomino who, while very talented, is a weird guy. His performance tonight showed why he might have some trouble making it far on the show: he himself did fine, but he had zero chemistry with his partner. I foresee this being an issue down the road.
Another Idol contestant I was going to strive for a comparison to was Antonella Barba. This should have worked, right? There had to be the one girl who was only cast for her looks. Well, funny thing is, most of the girls on this season's So You Think You Can Dance
are attractive, and a few are downright hot. And, they're all really good at dancing. I applaud you, FOX, for your excellent casting.
Overall, this season's top twenty is a few notches above either of the previous two seasons, talent-wise. Fans should be elated; you're in for what should be a great season.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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